Artifacts

by Andriana Lehr

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released September 9, 2016

All songs written and arranged by Andriana Lehr. Produced, engineered, & mixed by Owen Sartori & Davide Raso at F5 Soundhouse, Minneapolis, MN. Mastering by Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering, Minneapolis, MN.

Andriana Lehr - all vox, all rhythm guitars, piano on Halfway Home & Putting Up a Fight.

David Goodstein - all drums except Catch-22, Ready to Be, & Bright Yellow Lights.

Steve Goold - drums on Outrun the Change, Catch-22, Ready to Be, & Bright Yellow Lights.

James Buckley - all upright and electric bass.

Bryan Ewald - guitars on Outrun the Change & Bright Yellow Lights.

Adam Daniel Beise - piano on Since You’ve Been Gone.

Ken Wilson - pedal steel on Ready to Be, Catch-22, Putting Up a Fight, The Expansion of Everything. Dobro on Ashes in the Fog, Since You’ve Been Gone.

J.P. DeLair Peterson - sax on Bright Yellow Lights.

Laurels String Quartet - Ready to Be, Halfway Home, Putting Up a Fight.

Cory Grossman - cello on Ashes in the Fog, Streets of Saint Paul, The Expansion of Everything.

Album Artwork - Anna DePageter @Copycats Media

Photography by Wes Eisenhauer.

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Andriana Lehr Saint Paul, Minnesota

Andriana Lehr was born the youngest daughter of a farmer in a small, South Dakota town. Despite having spent years as a city- dwelling songwriter, the artifacts of her childhood milieu can still be distinctly heard in her music. 2nd release, Artifacts, demonstrates the thoughtful maturity gleaned over years of dedicated work and careful observation of those great artists who have come before. ... more

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Track Name: Outrun the Change
Amber light through the windowpane,
the sun sets on another day,
another 24 hours got away.

And ya can't go back into the picture frame,
some friendships fade, some stay the same,
but in the end you can't outrun the change

la di da di da da da da dum
la di da di da da da da dum

The trees grow tall but my heart stays young,
gotta stay out late, gotta have some fun,
sometimes I feel like I'm the only one.

And the constellations that burn so bright,
they take me back to better nights
when I was so high I could fly, fly, fly.
Oh I was so high I could fly, fly, fly.
Oh I was so high I could touch the sky.

Well the nights grow cold, but my hearts stay young,
gotta get out now, gotta have some fun,
sometimes I feel like I'm the only one.

And the constellations that burn so bright,
they take me back to better nights
when I was so high I could fly, fly fly.

la di da di da da da da dum
la di da di da da da da dum
la di da di da da da da dum
Track Name: Ready to Be
I’m not scared to be alone,
in fact it’s the only place that really feels like home,
and all the places that I go,
connection to everything, completion of the whole
In my mind...
In my mind....

Excommunicate me
from the disconnect of this society.
Everything is inside-out,
I’m screamin’ inside my head but no sound escapes my mouth
In good time....
In good time....

The road’s been reeling beneath
the pounding of the pavement that has passed under my feet,
and if we two should meet,
well I hope I’m ready then, I hope I’m ready then,
I hope I’m ready then, I hope I’m ready then
To be.....
To be.....
To be.....
To be.....
the best of me.
Track Name: Ashes in the Fog
Trust your heart or trust your head,
or run against the wind instead.
Cool expressions draw you in,
oh to see the world through another lens.

It comes on fast and comes on hard
if it even comes at all.
The chosen ones have all been starred
and the compass catches moonlight in the dark.

Empires rise and then they fall.
The greatest leaders lose their lives before their hearts
and we're left to ascertain
strategy as to sustain the change they made.

Combat kills and combat scars
as mortal men march through the dark
while many more are left to fall,
the modern age won't grant us many more at all

Cuz empires die before they're born
The cancer creeps through cracks foundation just can't hold,
and in the instant it was made
brick and mortar can detail the all mistakes.

We're just ashes in the fog.
Punitive prisons can't impound these lawless dogs
cuz they all bite the hand that feeds
and the givers seem to give up everything.

So cut your losses while you can
Before it all gets taken from you, from you.
Track Name: Catch 22
We’ve got ideas for action with no will to carry through.
We’re afraid to live but afraid to die, that catch-22.
it’s that missing link we’re looking for, light dancing in the dark,
to enlighten us and lead the way, or at least a place to start.

We the living are just looking for a way to disappear.
A revolution from within screams “get me out of here!”
All the privilege, power, and difference, it separates
all the haves from the have-nots who live on the outer edge of the wave.

Now that we have had all we can take,
Love, poverty, and war, they play a final serenade.
Artificial happiness we crave, mmm….

There’s collapse, connected chaos chronicled across all time,
and through the making of the fittest we have formed a great divide.
There’s a black-hole war a-comin’ to suck us in,
explode into a million little pieces, the building blocks we started with.

Now that we have had all we can take,
Love, poverty, and war, they sing a final serenade.
Artificial happiness we crave, in the quest of healing our addicted brains.

We’ll find better health through natural healing if we take the time to try,
cuz the chemistry of joy is hidden somewhere deep inside,
on the web that has no weaver, the one we can’t escape.

Now that we have had all we can take,
Love, poverty, and war, they take their bow and leave the stage
Artificial happiness we crave, some kind of happiness we crave.
Track Name: Bright Yellow Lights
Bright yellow lights, your warm embrace
and not a word between us.
Cherish these nights, upon your face
a look of love redeems us.

Well, I've got a man and he makes me feel...
I've got a man and he makes me feel….

Last kiss goodbye, get on that plane,
passionate lips pull closer.
New life awaits, Pacific place,
you pull me far from my lover...

Cuz I've got a man, and I don't wanna let go
I've got a man, don't wanna lose him, no
Cuz I've got a man and he makes me feel whole

Well, I've got a man, and I don't wanna let go
I've got a man, and I don't wanna lose him, no
I've got a man, I've got a man, I've got a man, yeah,
and he makes me feel, yeah he makes me feel
I've got a man and he makes me feel…….
Track Name: Halfway Home
The plane’s almost landed
and I’m halfway home.
A journey forgotten
that lives on and on.
No fear of the same,
can’t remember anything,
a tormented past
lives on the wings,
and it’s flying, it’s flying.

They come out to greet me
I don’t know their names
My friends and my lovers
could be one in the same.
I keep breathing in
hoping for change,
but my mind’s turned against me
and I’m lost in a rage.

So breath out and breath in
I’m ready to go
Oh I might not feel alright
But I’m taking it slow.
There’s no right way or wrong way
there’s just a dark road,
and I’m coming home
yeah, I’m coming home

The plane’s almost landed
but I’ll never be home.
Track Name: Putting Up a Fight
When it’s all changed for good again
No longer staying in place, the new movements
When I come back down from being up above, so high in my mind
Apart and weaving back, a thread through time

When it all comes back I’m putting up a fight
to fly so far from where I’m coming from
When I fall down, I get up, time to try
harder, again, this time

Cuz I can’t hurt any worse than I’ve been hurt
I can’t win without taking a chance first
I can’t love without knowing what I’m worth

Can’t go back and rearrange
old photographs, letters exchanged
Every piece I chose, put exactly into place, I had a choice, I changed
Blood back to the heart, a systems change

When it all comes back I’m putting up a fight
to fly so far from where I’m coming from
When I fall down, I get up, time to try
harder, again, this time

Cuz I can’t hurt any worse than I’ve been hurt
I can’t win without living my life first
I can’t love without knowing what I’m worth

When it all comes back I’m putting up a fight
to fly so far from where I’m coming from
Track Name: Since You've Been Gone
Since you’ve been gone
the days seem so long
the sun sets at dawn
since you’ve been gone

And since you’ve been gone
I can’t sing any other song
The melodies all come out wrong
since you’ve been gone

Since you’ve been gone
I count every single day
like the next won’t be the same
I’m all alone
Since you’ve been gone
I can’t get to sleep at night
Dreams make me lose my mind
Reminding me of the time
Since you’ve been gone

And since you’ve been gone
I make believe we still belong
Together, just like right and wrong

Since you’ve been gone
I count every single day
Like the next won’t be the same
I’m all alone
Since you’ve been gone
I can’t get to sleep at night
Dreams make me lose my mind
Reminding me of time
Since you’ve been gone
Since you’ve been gone....

Since You’ve Been Gone
I scrape by and barely get along
My other lovers tell me I’ve withdrawn
They can’t seem to keep my attention

But since you’ve been gone
I keep counting every day
Like the next won’t be the same
I’m all alone
Since you’ve been gone
I can’t get to sleep at night
Dreams make me lose my mind
Reminding me of the time
Since you’ve been gone
Since you’ve been gone
Since you’ve been gone...
Track Name: Streets of Saint Paul
I left my sorrows on the streets of St. Paul
I'm gonna get on that airplane, fly away from it all
Well we had a home, we had it all, our love it was so beautiful
but you left it to search for yourself inside a bottle

I left my love for you in that Minneapolis town
I'm headed for the ocean where my heartache's gonna drown
You promised me the stars and moon, eternal love and the sunshine too
but when it came to following through you couldn't do it

but when the sun is overhead, but I feel nothing but bitter coldness
like the shadows that haunt my mind, feels like you're with me all the time
in this flame for you I hold that I can't seem to let go

I’m gonna forget all my memories of you
I know it might sound a little drastic, but what else am I supposed to do
but remove you from my memory, like you were nothing more than just a
dream
that I made up inside my head,
I think I made this up inside of my head
oh yeah, I made you up inside of my head while I was sleeping
Track Name: The Expansion of Everything
Pale faced on the back porch
the rest of the world ignores our exchange
the discourse of change.
Timeless, you say it's priceless,
young and restless before we age,
and the memories we made, artifacts that will decay.

The geese walked through the valley of an open park
we sat watching the leaves change while our beating hearts reverberate
in deafening elation.

The coarse and empty hollow
a promise of tomorrow that won't come,
a failed tradition.
Expectations that we make
and the promises we break
are a jest just made in passing.

The sound of your voice echoed like a sad, sad song.
It rang out through the universe, the expansion of everything
that has come to be.

Poison permeates the dry well,
soaks into it like a blood cell
soaks up everything inside the body.
All the cosmic parallels
and the instincts that compel
our position in this microcosm...

I watched as the empty dark
it filled up with stars
like a million glowing candles from a far away off galaxy
that we have never seen,
reflects a mirror image, it creates a carbon copy figurine.

Pale faced on the back porch,
we'll come full circle well before our time comes,
whether old or young.